LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Australian Olympic executive Kevan Gosper was cleared of misconduct allegations today in connection with the Salt Lake City bid scandal.
The International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission ruled that Gosper had not violated rules by allowing his family to take a ski holiday in Utah in 1993, a trip arranged by Salt Lake bid officials.
Gosper, an IOC vice president, was accused of accepting excessive travel and hospitality from leaders of Salt Lake’s winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games. His official trip to Salt Lake in 1995 was also investigated.
``After reviewing the relevant evidence, I decided that Mr. and Mrs. Gosper’s accounts of what transpired in 1993 and 1995 were truthful and were confirmed by documentary evidence,″ ethics panel investigator Martin Lipton said in his report. ``I found that there is no basis to conclude that the Gospers either knowingly or negligently violated IOC rules.″
The panel concluded that Gosper’s actions ``cannot be considered as blameful.″
The ethics inquiry centered on a trip that Gosper’s wife, Judy, and two children made to the Deer Valley ski resort outside Salt Lake in December 1993.
Salt Lake records showed bidders filed expenses of $11,000 for the Gosper family’s trip. But Gosper said he insisted on paying for the vacation and described Salt Lake’s expense claims as fraudulently inflated.
Gosper provided the ethics panel with a copy of a check made out by his wife, Judy, for payment of the accommodation at Deer Valley’s Stag Lodge. He said the check was for an amount ``in excess of 2,000 Australian dollars, but under 2,000 U.S. dollars.″
Salt Lake documents showed Gosper thought he was paying all the expenses, but bid officials were quietly paying part of the costs and filing two separate sets of invoices. But the files did not include any record that the Gospers actually made any payment.